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  • Writer's pictureBritt Teravainen

Cutting the Cord: How to Lower Your Cable and Streaming Costs using AI



Happy Monday. Here's the #AIpromptoftheday .


This is inspired by a real problem I have. So I am wondering...c


an AI help me pay less for all my favorite cable TV and streaming services?


Read below - I like Bard's response better on this. Do you agree?

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PROMPT: Pretend you are a consumer who pays over $300/mo for Comcast Xfinity Communities X1 cable and streaming services. You love local news and sports, but only a few networks. You currently subscribe to Netflix, HBO Max, SHOWTIME, Hulu, The Walt Disney Company+, Paramount, Amazon Prime, and Peacock. You also want access to as much National Football League (NFL) content as possible. You are open to different combos of streaming services to save money. How do you lower your costs? Provide specific options.


ChatGPT response: Bundle with Xfinity:

If you are an existing Xfinity Communities X1 customer, you can call Xfinity to inquire about bundling your internet and cable services to get a discount. They often have special promotions for customers who bundle their services.


Sign up for a live TV streaming service:

YouTube TV: This service offers access to local channels and sports networks, as well as NFL RedZone and other NFL content for $64.99 per month. They also offer a free trial for new subscribers.


FuboTV: FuboTV also offers local channels and sports networks, as well as NFL RedZone and other NFL content for $64.99 per month. They offer a 7-day free trial for new subscribers.


Hulu + Live TV: This service offers access to local channels and sports networks, as well as NFL RedZone and other NFL content for $64.99 per month. They offer a 7-day free trial for new subscribers.


Evaluate your current streaming services:

Consider cancelling your Showtime subscription if you no longer watch it. This could save you up to $10.99 per month.


Consider cancelling your Hulu subscription if you only use it for shows that are also available on other services you subscribe to. This could save you up to $11.99 per month.

Explore cheaper alternatives:

Instead of HBO Max, you could switch to a cheaper service like Sling TV or Philo to access the shows you want to watch. Sling TV starts at $35 per month and Philo starts at $20 per month.

Look for deals and promotions:

Check the websites of the streaming services you subscribe to for current deals and promotions. For example, Hulu often offers discounted rates for new subscribers or bundles with other services.


Bard's Response:

Here are some specific options you can consider to lower your costs:


Drop your cable package and switch to a live TV streaming service.

Live TV streaming services like Hulu Live TV, Sling TV, and YouTube TV offer a variety of channels, including local news and sports, for a fraction of the cost of cable. For example, Hulu Live TV starts at $69.99 per month, while Sling TV starts at $35 per month.

Cancel some of your streaming subscriptions. If you're not watching everything on all of your streaming services, consider canceling some of them. You can always re-subscribe later if you decide you miss them.


Share your streaming subscriptions with friends or family.

If you have friends or family members who are also interested in the same streaming services, consider sharing your subscriptions with them. This can save you money on each subscription.


Take advantage of free trials.

Many streaming services offer free trials, so you can try them out before you commit to a subscription. This is a great way to see if a service is worth the cost.


Sign up for a bundle.

Some streaming services offer discounts when you sign up for multiple services at once. For example, Amazon Prime Video offers a discount when you sign up for Amazon Music Unlimited.


Negotiate with your cable provider.

If you're not happy with your cable bill, call your provider and ask to speak to a customer service representative. You may be able to negotiate a lower rate by threatening to cancel your service.


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